34 results for tag: Environment


Political Pontification: Biden Lauds Government Re-Opening

On Thursday, Vice President Joe Biden greeted federal employees of the Environmental Protection Agency as they returned to work. In what is essentially a taxpayer-funded marketing video for the Administration, Biden took some liberties with the truth, showing the hypocrisy of the Administration. First, the Vice President said: What you saw last night [in Congress] was Democrats and a significant number of responsible Republicans saying “Enough.” What is the definition of “responsible,” Mr. Vice President? Does it include kicking the fiscal can down the road again? Does it include letting Obamacare be funded, despite its already-disa...

Bipartisan Senators Fighting for Keystone

Once again, anti-free market policy at the White House is damaging America’s economy and international relations. This time, it’s over the Keystone Pipeline. It appears the State Department will now likely delay its final report until 2014: The State Department's decision on the Keystone XL pipeline is in danger of being pushed into 2014. State's internal watchdog on Friday said it won't complete until January a review of allegations that the department hired a contractor with a conflict of interest to review the pipeline project. As Tea Partiers know, the Keystone Pipeline is not the be-all, end-all for America’s energy future, but it has ...

Big Government Boogeyman Vanishes

When sequestration was about to kick in, President Obama and his allies predicted many woes would come to the federal government and the American people. It looks like one area of forecasted harm, major furloughs in the federal bureaucracy, is far less ruinous than advertised: When sequestration was about to kick in, the Obama administration began a nearly across-the-board campaign to discuss the devastating impact the automatic cuts would have on agency operations. At the center of these warnings stood employee furloughs: mandatory unpaid leave to help each department meet the lower budget caps that took effect March 1. Furloughs, combined with ...

Treasury Secretary’s Old and Busted Dance Moves

Ever since the debt ceiling was created, both parties have talked about the risk of “default” if America hits it. This ignores reality, in which default only happens if the country fails to pay interest payments. Hitting the debt ceiling would only force a balanced budget. With the next debt ceiling fight beginning in Washington, it was up to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew to trot out this ridiculous falsehood. From Real Clear Politics’ transcript of Lew’s discussion with Fox News’ Chris Wallace: WALLACE: What's your plan to avoid the default -- what's you plan to avoid the default when Speaker Boehner said there got to be spending cuts? ...

Krugman and Common Ground on the Farm Bill

On Monday, Paul Krugman’s column was full of the usual tripe and hatred of those who are to the right of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). However, while much of the column deserves debunking, he also got some things (brace yourselves) right. Here are the Bad & Ugly of the column: First, Krugman says the GOP has a soul that is totally corrupt, and “a state of mind that takes positive glee in inflicting further suffering on the already miserable.” Apparently, separating the farm and food stamp bills, and cutting a mere 5% from the latter over five years ($20.5 billion “cut” from a budget expected to be $400 billion), is ...

Band-Aid on a Gunshot Wound: Congress Misunderstands Sequestration

Last week, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel sent a letter to the Senate Armed Services Committee describing the harm sequestration will cause to the Defense Department if it is allowed to continue in Fiscal Year 2014. From a column on the letter (h/t to Jazz Shaw): Automatic budget cuts already are "severely damaging military readiness,” Hagel wrote to Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), committee chairman, and Sen. Jim Inhofe (Okla.), ranking Republican.  Without relief, defense spending will take another $52 billion hit in the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. If Congress lets that happen, by continuing to refuse to compromise on a debt reduction deal, the ...

Free Market Principles help make unlikely allies

In April, Tea Party Patriots criticized the so-called “Monsanto Protection Act” because of its cronyism and corrupt nature. This stance for the free market – clearly consistent with free market principles – so shocked critics of the Tea Party that Huffington Post, Russia Today, The Guardian, Grist.org, and many other organizations highlighted the post. Now it’s the Georgia Tea Party shocking supporters of solar power. From Think Progress: The fight to bring cheaper, clean energy to Georgia is uniting some unlikely allies. Renewable energy advocates and leaders of the Atlanta Tea Party are taking on utility giant Southern Co., and its ...

Lessons Better Left in Denmark

Note: The below post comes from Rasmus Brygger, President of the free market-oriented Liberal Alliance Youth in Denmark. It isn’t always easy living in a country described as the land of milk and honey by socialists all over the world. They should, of course, love Denmark, since it’s by many measures the most socialist country in the Western hemisphere. Denmark is basically the closest thing to a socialist utopia you can find. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is one of those socialists deeply in love with Denmark. The senator recently wrote a very affectionate op-ed about what America can learn from Denmark. I’m sure there are several things you ...

EPA, thy Scandal Cup Runneth Over

A few weeks ago, Tea Party Patriots reported on a modest scandal in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – the agency appears to be waiving fees for Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for liberal groups, while charging conservative groups full price. Over the last few weeks, other small scandals have popped up, but have been ignored because of the far more prominent IRS, NSA, Associated Press, Benghazi attack response, and other scandals rocking the Obama Administration. Gabriel Malor has the list: (1) EPA awarded former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson's alias, Richard Windsor, an ethics award. Yes, a fake person -- an alias created ...

Apple, demonized for taxes, participates in the Beltway’s revolving door

Last week, Apple was hauled in for an inquisition in front of a Senate subcommittee for not paying what the subcommittee thought was enough taxes – even though the company pays all it is legally required to. Tea Party Patriots offered a scathing assessment shortly afterwards: So let’s get this straight: Congress has provided U.S. corporations the highest corporate tax in the industrialized world. In order to please various constituencies, Congress then enacted loophole after loophole to bring the net corporate tax rate down for favored companies. Apple took advantage of the loopholes Congress passed. Apple did not break any laws, yet ...